French: Garrulaxe à longue queue German: Langschweifsibia Spanish: Sibia colilarga
Subspecies and Distribution
H. p. picaoides
(Hodgson, 1839) – Sikkim, N West Bengal & Arunachal Pradesh (NE India), Bhutan, N Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan). No records in Nepal since late 19th century, and no convincing records from Nagaland (India) and Bangladesh#R.
H. p. cana
(Riley, 1929) – E & SE Myanmar (including N Tenasserim), NW & W Thailand, Laos, Vietnam (Tonkin and C Annam) and SE China (SE Yunnan E to W Guangxi#R).
H. p. wrayi
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1910) – Peninsular Malaysia.
H. p. simillima
Salvadori, 1879 – Sumatra.
28–34·5 cm; 40–46 g. Grey babbler with very long, whitish-tipped tail, white wing patch, and rather long, narrow and slightly decurved bill. Nominate race has... read more
Apparent song (race wrayi) a simple series of a few short, high-pitched, clear “syuk”... read more
Broadleaf evergreen forest, forest edge, secondary growth, oak and pine forest, open scrub with... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, flower buds, fruits, berries and seeds. Regularly takes nectar of the silk-cotton trees Bombax ceiba and Salmalia... read more
Feb–Aug. Solitary, but pairs may nest in adjacent trees. Nest, built by both sexes, described as a very deep cup or bag, made mostly... read more
Resident. Description as common winter visitor in Nameri National Park, in Assam (India), requires... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Recently (Apr 2006) observed in Royal Chitwan National Park, in Nepal, first confirmed record in country since 19th century. Common throughout... read more
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